The past two weeks have marked a period of reflection and change for universities everywhere.
Last week, LSU was notified of an incoming student for the fall semester that was using derogatory language on social media, and community members were less than thrilled with their response.
Some professors even spoke out to say that if LSU wouldn’t redact the admission of discriminatory students, they would see to it that they wouldn’t stay in their classes.
However, LSU released a clarification shortly after reminding students of their allegiance to the movement.
“I’m sorry that the tweet did not really convey the message, and that it alienated folks who read it because it emphasized the perpetrator’s rights, and more than I think people saw the commitment…," Galligan said. "We tried in our tweet last night to apologize for the construction of that tweet and to really state we will investigate every incident of racist behavior that we see, that we hear about, that’s reported to us and we will after investigating if appropriate take action under the student disciplinary process under the student code of conduct to make sure that our students are held accountable and that we are creating a safe space for everyone.”
After multiple meetings with Black student leaders this week, Galligan announced the proposed name change of Middleton library, alongside them on the Union steps Wednesday evening, with both sides stressing the importance of communication between student leaders and administration.
And on Friday, separate organizers from both Southern University and LSU planned a Rally for Unity to bring people together and ensure that the two schools work together in this movement.
Above everything, Galligan and the students stressed the importance of positive change moving forward.